Cooking Roast Gammon for Christmas
Last year was the first Christmas I spent away from home, due to my very complicated pregnancy I wasn't able to travel. Instead, my husband cooked a very delicious and traditional South African meal for Christmas: roast gammon. Usually when I'm home what we do (besides tamales and other deliciousness) is to have turkey for Christmas and pork leg for New Year's Eve, which is similar but not the way my husband made it, with cherries!
This seems to be a very traditional Christmas dinner in South Africa, but I have to say I haven't seen a big deal of Christmas spirit in the 8 years I've been here. Back in my home in Costa Rica, you can feel that is Christmas time since November! I love that. Everybody starts putting their decorations and as soon as December starts, the "alisios", a type of wind that happens only in December and then you know, the most awesome time of the year is here. When we were little we used to go with my grandmother to grind corn to make tortillas and tamales. We would have a huge gathering with all the family on December 25th, and for New Years our parents would take us to watch a movie, with brand new clothes!
Once we were older and started we started to make our own traditions. We would play Secret Santa with the family, then all of us would gather to make the tamales (sidenote and unpopular opinion: I like them with olives and raisins!); then on Christmas Eve we would gather, boyfriends included, to reveal the Secret Santas and to have a delicious dinner that was usually turkey with delicious cranberry sauce. For New Years we would either have pork leg or just have a barbeque, chilling with the family, playing silly games. I really miss those days.
Hoping that this is the last Christmas I spend away from home, let me embrace some of the nice traditions of this country, after all, it is my husband's and my baby's country. My husband got this recipe from his sister, and made everything except the wine sauce (last year I was pregnant and this year I am breastfeeding), and I have to say that such an elaborate recipe makes you feel the Christmas spirit, at least in my case, I feel everything that is special is made during the Christmas time.
This recipe includes also balsamic vinegar, I know that is a debatable ingredient for many as it is kind of an acquired taste, but you won't even notice is there. My husband is team #nobalsamicvinegar and he was perfectly fine with the recipe as is.
Enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you tried this and how did it go!
Christmas Roast Gammon
- 1 large gammon.
- 6 Potatoes.
- 2 white onions.
- 2 cups of cherries.
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar.
- 1 small cube beef stock.
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
Takes , serves 8.
- Preheat oven 200 degrees.
- Chop the potatoes and the onions.
- Season the gammon with salt and pepper and put it in the oven for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 150 and continue to cook for 3 hours.
- After 1.5 hours, add the potatoes and the onions.
- When it's done, remove from the oven, remove onions and potatoes and let it sit for a while.
- In a pan, cook the cherries with the balsamic vinegar.
- Add the the cherry sauce to the gammon and serve with potatoes, onions and your choice of vegetables or rice .
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